Flint Mayor Wants Public Apology From Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey‘s unfunny joke about the Flint water crisis has left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth including Mayor Karen Weaver.

In case you missed it, Steve told a caller from Flint to “enjoy your nice brown glass of water” on his radio show Wednesday.

Listen to the audio below.


Via The Detroit Free Press:

Harvey, who spent part of his childhood in Cleveland and is a Cavaliers fan, allegedly responded: “You from Flint? … That’s why y’all ain’t even got clean water. When was the last time you touched water and it didn’t have lead in it?”

After Harvey’s co-hosts told him to “reel it in,” he said: “I wasn’t talking about the city of Flint, I was talking about him. … He going to call in, say Cleveland don’t deserve jack, and he over there bathing in all that silver water.”

The caller stayed on the line but, before he hung up, Harvey said “one more thing. … Enjoy your nice brown glass of water.”

Mayor Weaver released a public letter to Steve Harvey calling for a public apology.

“As Mayor of the City of Flint, and someone who has been on your show and spoken with you personally about the Flint Water Crisis, I was deeply saddened by your comments about our city. While I feel it was not meant to be an intentional hurt or insult against the citizens of this community, it was.

“We are still going through many hardships and challenges caused by the poisoning of our city. To make a joke out of a tragedy such as this was in very poor taste, especially coming from someone of your stature.

“While we are making progress in replacing lead tainted service lines, we still have to use filters and remain on bottled water. As Mayor, I would appreciate, on behalf of the citizens of this community, a public apology. I would love to sit and discuss with you the status of where we are today.”

Steve defended his remarks saying he was simply “talking trash.”

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